Cathy L. Ashby, an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and all around fantastic person, passed away on December 11, 2012.
Cathy was born on May 13, 1949, the daughter of James R. and Kathaleen Canaday, and grew up in Blue Mound. She married her high school sweetheart, Keith Ashby, on August 30, 1969.
Professionally, Cathy was a grade school teacher, co-owner of Swartz Restaurant, Macon County Treasurer, and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Soy Capital Bank. She earned her CPA certificate, received the Women of Excellence Government and Politics Award, participated in Rotary, carved ice sculptures, was integral in bringing the Race for the Cure to Decatur and cared about her community. During her recent retirement, she focused her energy on spending time with her family, including her four grandchildren who adored their Grammy, as well as becoming involved with P.E.O, bridge and book clubs. She will be lovingly remembered as a caring individual with a smile on her face and love in her heart.
Cathy leaves behind many who will miss her dearly including husband Keith Ashby; her children Amanda Flegel and her husband Matt, Vanessa Bechtel and her husband Phil, and Bradey Ashby; her grandchildren Ivy, Lilith and River Flegel and Jaxon Bechtel; mother Kathaleen Kraft and her husband Merle; her sisters Carol Moomey and her friend Leonard Thomas, and Rita Colee and her husband Dale; her sister-in-law Marilyn Canaday; step-brothers Darrell Kraft and his wife Theresa, and Ed Kraft and his wife Marcia; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Cathy was preceded in death by her father James, her brother Richard Canaday, her sister Barbara Crowder and her husband Larry, and stepsister Diane Kraft.